Welcome to my Blog!
Join me, Backyard Astronomer Paul, as I discuss my ongoing quest to understand the night sky. Stargazing is a recently-rekindled hobby of mine, so here I log my ongoing learning about the Moon, Sun, planets, Milky Way Galaxy, and the universe beyond.
I live in the Midwest of the United States, near Chicago. When not practicing astronomy, I work in Information Technology project management. My education background went from Catholic schools, to the seminary, to computer engineering, and lastly business. Other hobbies I have apart from astronomy are chess and golf.
Backyard Astronomy via Telescope, Binoculars, Sketching, and Astrophotography
I enjoy all forms of astronomy that I can do at my house. This includes studying the sky to understand where everything is, from the planets to stars to constellations, as well as deep sky objects. I use unaided observation, but also my binoculars and telescopes. Occasionally I attempt to draw what I see, but mostly I take photographs with either my smartphone or DSLR camera.
I built my own telescope from (almost) scratch – a 10-inch Newtonian reflector on a Dobsonian mount. Here I discuss the build, not so much as a step-by-step guide (there are several guides available on the Internet), but to offer my personal insights from and lessons learned on the process.